Sky’s the limit for satel­lite

Western Times - - NEWS -

A NEW trial is look­ing to pro­vide life-sav­ing in-flight broad­band ac­cess for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice, emer­gency ser­vices and Sky Muster satel­lite.

The trial in­volves a Qan­tas jet fly­ing East Coast routes ac­cess­ing un­used Sky Muster data (through a re­tail com­pany which sells NBN Sky Muster ac­cess) while in flight.

It is ex­pected to de­velop and re­fine hard­ware and soft­ware for mobile in-flight in­ter­net ac­cess, which once tested can be used in other cir­cum­stances, in­clud­ing by the RFDS.

Min­is­ter for Re­gional Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Fiona Nash said the launch of the trial in­volv­ing a Qan­tas jet and the Sky Muster was a vi­tal step.

“I’m pleased this trial has gone well. In-flight tele­health on Fly­ing Doc­tors’ planes can save lives as it means live pa­tient data, from say a heart mon­i­tor, can be sent to spe­cial­ists on the ground who can send ad­vice back al­most in­stantly,” she said.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to think utes and trac­tors will also be able to have mobile Sky Muster re­ceivers fit­ted. The ben­e­fits for ru­ral and re­mote busi­nesses could be huge.”

RFDS CEO Martin Laverty, af­ter meet­ing with the NBN, said there was much po­ten­tial on the trial.

“In-flight broad­band would al­low an in­jured or ill pa­tient’s med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion to be shared in­stantly with hos­pi­tals or spe­cial­ists,” he said. “It has po­ten­tial to im­prove pa­tient out­comes and the Fly­ing Doc­tor is keen to test Sky Muster’s po­ten­tial.”

Sky Muster is a big part of the ru­ral and re­mote NBN ac­cess.

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